Gods and Monsters Synopsis
Ailing film director James Whale (Ian McKellen) recalls his life.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
An actors' feast.
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100

San Francisco Examiner

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One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Achieves its exquisite tension--deepening beautifully from a "Death in Venice" setup to an imaginative meditation, on art and life, of...
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
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88

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It has the most beautiful ending of any American film in years, a coda of reconciliation and remembrance set in a gentle L.A. rain.
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88

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Although the film doesn't probe Whale's personality as deeply as it might, the acting is excellent and movie buffs will enjoy its...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
An engaging character study full of lyrical images and strong performances. It's an exceedingly well-made film.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A rich, multi- layered portrait of a director from Hollywood's Golden Age whose own life was as interesting as any of his movies.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Gods and Monsters is not a deep or powerful film, but it is a good-hearted one.
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